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8-DAY WALKING HOLIDAYS

Explore numerous trails

A two centre-based walking holiday on Andros, Cyclades.

This two centre-based walking holiday offers an ideal and relaxing way to explore numerous trails in the island region’s landscapes. From the central-eastern to western Andros, from valleys to mountains, you will get the most out of your walking itinerary. Having enough time to swim, relax, or scroll around the little picturesque towns while you will have the chance to experience delicious meals.


Day by Day

Day 1 : Arrival Day

Arrival day in the morning or in the evening. Meeting at the port with a member of our team and transfer to your  accommodation.

Presentation off the island and the trails. Talk about the program. Welcome Dinner with local cuisine. 

Overnight in Gavrio.

Day 2 : The Seamen’s Island

The walking tour starts starts from your hotel. From Hora and Gialia Beach where the river forms a unique natural environment, the trail parallel to Pythara ravine, goes up towards Apikia Village passing through major settlements of seamanship and rural Andros.  After some rest at the small waterfalls and a light lunch at the local tavern we will descend  this time to Hora via a different excellent cobble trail, with magnificent view to the capital city and the sea. Evening Free.

Overnight in Hora.

Distance 12 km, walking time around 4 hrs.

 
Day 3 : The Venetian Trail

The day will along a trail of great variety and richness of the rural landscape. We will follow the old road that leads to Korthi, which until 1950 was the main artery of south-east connection of Andros and therefore essential for the island’s trade and agriculture. This route, which also connects the two medieval castles of the island, passes through picturesque villages, the famous Dipotamata valley with its gorge and the numerous water mills. Along the way you will explore beautiful panoramic points including the famous Grias Pidima beach where there will be time for a swim. Continue for about 1 km to the characteristic village of Korthi where you will have free time before returning to the Hora!

Overnight Hora

Distance: 11 km, walking time around 4 hrs.

Day 4: Panachrados Monastery

In the morning and after breakfast you will get a transfer to the village of Menites, characterized by the presence of springs that descend from Mount Petalo and by lush vegetation of cypresses and plane trees, you will take a splendid trail that passes through the village of Messaria, the island’s historic Byzantine settlement. After crossing an ancient stone bridge of medieval origin, “Sticheomeni”, we will begin the ascent towards the monastery of Panachrados (alt. 500m). The monastery, whose appearance is more like that of a fortified castle, was built by the Byzantine emperor Nikoforos Fokas to protect the monks from the incessant pirate raids. After a short break and a picnic we set off again on the way back through the ruins of Petria and along the Megalos Potamos river, thus reaching Hora.

Overnight Hora

Distance 12 km , walking time around 4,5 – 5 hours

Day 5 : North West Andros

Prepare your luggage and leave them at the reception, you will find them at your next destination. After breakfast, you will leave Hora to move to Ano Pitrofos. From here, you will continue on foot taking the “Fardia Strata” which was the main link between the south-west of Andros, the central villages and Hora. It is an exceptional paved trail, rich in various types of dry stone walls, with a wonderful view to the west coast of the island. Arrive in Batsi on foot, directly to the new accommodation where you will find your luggage. Batsi is a beautiful tourist resort on the west coast of the island, with a typical marina port and various beaches. Time at your disposal for a swim or a stroll in the center! 

Overnight Batsi

Distance 14 km , walking time around 4,5 hours.

Day 6 : From the mountain to the sea

After breakfast you will get a transfer to the mountainous village of Arni (alt. 470 m). You will start your walk through fertile valleys, ancient abandoned farmhouses, crossing small forests of oaks, plane trees, chestnuts and walnuts, and you will reach Remata. This village is located in one of the greenest and most luxuriant areas of the island thanks to the presence of the Arni stream and many springs. As you continue the landscape changes and becomes wild with dense and low vegetation. The trail descends to the beautiful and unspoiled Lefka beach. Time to rest, swim and have a picnic. Then we will continue to the north coast, walking on a strange and impressive rocky terrain “embroidered” by the salt and the north wind until we reach Ateni Beach where there will still be time for a swim! Return to Batsi with a transfer.

Overnight Batsi

Distance 13 km , walking time around 4,5 hours

Day 7 : Α Millers Village and Zorgos Beach

Breakfast and transfer to Ammolochos from where you will start  your walk. Along the way you will admire the water mills, built in stone in the 19th century. Walking along the stream you will encounter a very green scenery, rich in plane trees, laurels and dozens of species of aromatic herbs. At the end we will drive to the beautiful Zorkos Beach. Free time to rest, swim and enjoy a good light lunch at the seaside tavern . Return to Batsi and the rest of the day is free. 

Overnight Batsi

Distance 7 km, walking time 3 hours

Day 8 : Departure

Depending on your departure time you will have a transfer to the port.

You can extend your holiday in Tinos or why not with an Athens City Break

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Our Walking Routes.

Ariana and Alexandros both worked very hard to make sure that the whole trip went smoothly. Both guides were very knowledgeable, spoke English fluently, friendly and experienced.Thanks to them, we have experienced the warm hospitality and generosity of Andros people. We highly recommend OneFootForward and would definitely use their services again

Joe, Canada

  • Cost:

  • Duration:

    8 days / 7 nights

  • Overnight:

    Andros Town 4 days / Batsi Town 3 nights

  • Persons:

    min 2 – max 10

  • Difficulty:

    Easy to Moderate (7-10 km, 3,5-4 hours walking per day)

  • Trip Type:

    • Guided or Self-guided Walking Holiday (2 centre based)
    • Accommodation B&B shared in a twin/double room.
  • Departures:

    Any time between March and November

Highlights

Experience 6 great scenic walks 

Encounter rich variety of landscapes & traditional Greek villages

Healthy delicious meals

Luggage transfer 


Included Services

Ferry Tickets Rafina – Andros – Rafina

7-night accommodation with breakfast shared in a twin/double room. 

6 enjoyable walks with picnics or light lunch at taverns. 

Luggage transfer when needed.

All necessary local transfers

24-hour support on the island for any troubleshooting or advice.

English- French-Italian speaking knowledgeable local guides

    Not Included

    Flights

    Airport to Rafina Port Transfer (upon request)

    Travel insurance* and personal equipment

    Know before you go:

    The trails offer moderate/difficult grade with a minimum of 3,5 hrs and maximum 5 hours walk. Participants should be in good physical condition with some experience.

    Insurance: Participants should be covered by their own personal travel-health insurance prior to the trip. The personal insurance must at least cover medical expenses as well as air rescue and the cost of repatriation. One Foot Forward is not responsible for any accidents or mishaps directly or indirectly related to the tour. (See Terms & Conditions)

    Things you need to bring: Day pack (approx. 20 lt.), Trekking shoes, Waterproof jacket, Fleece, Water bottle, Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Swimming suit.

    Children over 15 years old can book when accompanied by an adult.


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